I hate to admit it, but I bought this album because I fancied the girl on the cover! Oh well, at least I'd heard of them, I suppose... the power of advertising!
But it's really good! The first track is a bizarre intro - 40's style French female vocals that sound as though they've come off a scratched 78. Laid over the top are increasingly ominous and dissonant chords, and ultimately the sounds of smashing glass and (what sounds like) falling scaffolding poles.
Then it's straight into "Broken", which sounds a lot like Bauhaus at their most energetic. Pete Murphy eat your heart out! Lots of howling guitars.
The rest of the album is very different. Melodic, with twangy guitars and wandering synthy bass lines. It's very reminiscent of The Cure. And that's surely no bad thing? It's atmospheric. There are interesting lyrics. The tunes are catchy. I'm impressed.
It ends with a long, moody track which slowly drifts into sampled rain and thunder noises before finally fading out with an enigmatic final sample.